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Aurora's Special Edition Red

8/27/20
Thanks for the ink, Kenro Industries!

Aurora is an Italian company that is known for classic pens like the 88 and the Optima. The color palette that they use in their pens has been expansive and fun, but their ink selection has been  minimal. Aurora Black is one of the best black inks around, and it's wonderful in trouble shooting a dry pen, because if a pen can write it will write with Aurora Black. They've also got a Blue and a Blue Black (which behave differently from the Black). But that was it.

Now, though, they've expanded quite a lot. In the last year they've dropped 10 new inks. These Special Edition inks run the whole color gamut and I've got a few of them to show you courtesy of Kenro Industries, the USA's Aurora distributor.

First up is this red. I love a good red ink, and this one looks awesome in swabs. But how is it in nibs?

Written Review


As you can see, I had some trouble with this one. I loved it in a swatch on a Col-o-Dex card. I love it in that smear at the top of the Rhodia page. I just had a hard time finding a pen that I liked using with this ink for some reason. I think the deal is that it was just too dry for all but the wettest nibs I have around. It was unsatisfying in the really fine nib of the yStudio and sort of inconsistent in the Optima's nib. When I got it in the Leonardo, it was a beautiful hue, but it was prone to bleeding on not-great papers because it was putting out so much ink. It looks good on the high quality papers, though.


Close Ups


Woo! Look at that! That's some good looking red ink.


So, yeah. It's a little dry. It's also really good lookin'.


Sometimes it just takes a little while to find the right combo of nib and ink. It's rewarding when you do, though.


These are really nice looking bottles, and they're a good size for filling up pens. So, that's good. They come with a little stopper in the top when you first get them. That will keep them from leaking, but it's also a bear to get out without making a mess of your fingers. I used a pair of needle nose pliers after the first time.


Water Test
It smears, but it's readable



Tomoe River Ink Journal



Inky Fingers Wheat Straw Paper




Video Review




Color Comparisons







**This ink was given to me to review by the Aurora distributor in return for my honest review. As far as I know, that doesn't change my reviews in any way. What you see is what I got. **
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